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Library Vest by Churchmouse Yarns

With simple styling that lends itself to the classroom, workplace, or weekend, this vest is so classic, so quintessential, it could become your uniform. The jumper length has a certain schoolgirl chic. The abridged, hip-length version is a flattering layer without the bulk of a sweater. Either way, it’s a nice little primer of techniques you’ll use again and again.

Finished bust: 39 (43, 47, 51, 55)"/ 99 (109, 119.5, 129.5, 140)cm, after seaming.
To fit bust sizes: 32–34 (36–38, 40–42, 44–46, 48–50)"/81–86 (91–96, 102–107, 112–117, 122–127)cm with ease of approx. 5–7"/ 12.5-18cm. For more ease, choose a larger size.

Finished body length: Measured from high shoulder (where shoulder meets neck) to hem.
Shorter version: 24 (24½, 25, 25½, 26)"/61 (62, 63, 65, 66)cm.
Longer version: 32 (32½, 33, 33½, 34)"/81 (83, 84, 85, 86)cm.

Choose a DK-weight yarn that typically knits at 22 sts to 4"/10cm or a combination of yarns that results in a soft fabric with some body when knit at that gauge.

Shorter version: Approx. 855 (960, 1065, 1170, 1295) yds/782 (878, 974, 1070, 1184)m.
Shown in orange Rowan Felted Tweed (191yds/175m per skein); Color 154. Model is wearing 39"/99cm finished size with 6"/15cm of ease.

Longer version: Approx. 1125 (1265, 1395, 1530, 1675) yds/1029 (1157, 1276, 1400, 1532)m.
Shown in grey in Baa Ram Ewe Dovestone DK (252 yds/230m per skein); Color 8, Coal. Model is wearing 43"/109cm finished size with 8"/20cm of ease.

Needles & Notions:

  • US 6 (4mm) needles, or size to obtain gauge.
  • US 4 (3.5mm) 24"/60cm and 16"/40cm circular needles or 2 US sizes/.5mm smaller than gauge needle.
  • Locking markers or coiless safety pins for ‘clip-and-turn’ and for button placement.
  • Stitch holders.
  • Darning needle to finish.
  • ⅝"/16mm buttons: 7 for shorter version, 9 for longer version. Needle; thread or yarn.


  • This is a physical pattern.
  • This pattern includes both photo tutorials and technique walk-throughs.

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